15 September, 2010 at 2:28 am #40369
I’m new to this group and nerves to raising a kitten. I call him Shadow, he is all black and his eyes just opened yesterday. I’m using a bottle to feed him, but I am not sure on the amount of milk mix I should be feeding him. After his feedings he sleeps for about 4 to 5 hours.15 September, 2010 at 2:36 am #596944
Welcome, Ray! And bless you for taking this on! It is a ton of work, as you have probably already discovered! Several people on the site have little ones right now, and their threads have all of the tags related to hand-raising kits… in general, I would feed Shadow as much s/he will take… it the kit a good feeder? Or do you have to work at feeding? Threads started by DantesMom or DuchessMom from a week or so ago have the tags… can’t remember the names… will check back with more details… keep posting and coming back , folks will chime in all night as some are on the other side of the world as well as all over the US! Again, welcome and good luck!15 September, 2010 at 2:39 am #596945
This is one of the threads… http://www.dailykitten.com/chat/topic/29674
The tags are on the upper right corner – click on them and they will leed you to lots of info, as well as many of the comments having imbedded links! We love updates!15 September, 2010 at 2:42 am #596946
Thanks.15 September, 2010 at 2:44 am #596947
Hi, Ray, Buttercup (another TDKer) found a great blog for handraising kitties:
These sites are also great:
These are all in the thread NC gave you, also click on the pink tag ‘orphans’ in the top right-hand corner.
Welcome to TDK. We LOVE people who rescue kittens. Please come back to us with any questions and let us know how Shadow is getting on — we are not vets but we will always try to help from our collective experience, if we can 🙂 At Shadow’s age, you should be feeding little and often as his tummy is very tiny and doesn’t hold much. Here is the info from the kitten rescue site on feeding:
A kitten should eat about 8cc (8 ml) of formula per ounce of body weight per day (1 ounce = 30cc so this is just under 1/4 ounce of formula per ounce of body weight). Kittens under one week old should be fed every 2-3 hours; at two weeks old they can be fed every 4-6 hours; after three weeks old, until they are weaned, they should be fed every 6-8 hours. Divide their needed daily intake by the number of required daily feedings, and you’ll know how much they should eat each time. Kittens who are extra weak or recovering from a “crash” may need to eat more frequently.15 September, 2010 at 2:51 am #596948
What a little fuzzy bundle Shadow is!!! Love the avatar! Thanks Jcat, for reposting those links. I know Dantesmom and DuchessMom found them very helpful!15 September, 2010 at 2:54 am #596949
No worries at all, NC, I know they are all in the thread you posted but I thought it might help Ray to post them all together, again. I’m so glad Duchess’s mom and Dante’s mom found them helpful. The blog that BC found is brilliant!
Ray, the other thing is to make sure kitten is warm enough. At this age, s/he can’t regulate their own body temperature. Normally they would be huddling with mum and their brothers and sisters. A heat pad or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel is good. Make sure kitten has enough room to crawl off the bottle if they get too hot.15 September, 2010 at 3:12 am #596950
Shadow doesn’t like the box I had him in. So I am trying my large garden tube. I have covered the bottom with towels and a heating pad. He doesn’t like the heating pad either. My male munchkin cat, Jasper loves Shadow, he even does the whole stimulating for him to potty. So far so good.15 September, 2010 at 5:04 am #596951
Tee hee, he might be small but he sure knows how to voice his opinions, lol. Yay for Jasper, it is so much easier to bring up a kitty when you have a sweet adult cat to help you! Too bad he can’t take over the food area too…15 September, 2010 at 5:17 am #596952
Having another cat ‘adopt’ the little one gives him a better chance of surviving. Obviously Jasper isn’t going to help feed Shadow, but letting Jasper do the clean up chores will help keep Shadow from getting constipated. Pooping (too little, too often, to runny, too dry) are a major problem with hand raised kittens so you are ahead of the game. If Jasper cuddles with Shadow that will help keep his temperature regulated too.
How did you find Shadow? Had his mama deserted him?18 September, 2010 at 3:14 pm #596953
Shadow is doing GREAT! He still eats as much as he can and has doubled in size. His eyes and ears opened about 2 days ago. I think he is getting his teeth in.18 September, 2010 at 3:23 pm #596954
That’s wonderful news, Ray! I’m afraid that I don’t know a thing about hand raising a tiny kitten like Shadow but it sounds as though you are doing great.18 September, 2010 at 7:33 pm #596955
It’ great you took him/her in… Bless you!18 September, 2010 at 10:37 pm #596956
Hi. I rescued a kitten 2 days ago. She has a great appetite and she loves to be cuddles with. She hates to be alone. I am not sure how old she is, maybe 8 weeks. She lived outside on a farm and ate whatever she could find. Well I got her kitten food, ear mite drops, and flea and tick shampoo. She loves baths. The only think is she has the shits (diarrhea) all the time. The one vet I talked to told me to give her some pepto bismol to help her belly. So she can start forming regular stools. It doesn’t seem to be helping. I can get her in with a vet til next thursday.
Does anyone else have this problem or any ideas how to help her so she won’t have the diarrhea anymore??
I would deeply appreciate it.
A lost mommy of adorable little kitten18 September, 2010 at 11:29 pm #596957
the flea and tick shampoo you got for her? Is it indicated for use in cats and dogs? If the bottle doesnt say, or if it is meant for dogs, please dont use it on the kitty. Tick & flea shampoo meant for dogs will burn the skin of a cat and cause severe allergic reactions and usually result in the death of the cat.
Does she actually have ear mites? I wouldnt treat het for it if she doesnt have any.
As for the diahrrea, most likely scenario would be that its caused by worms. External parasites usually indicate internal parasites too. You should be able to get a deworming tablet from a vet without having to make an appointment for it. Please dont use over the counter deworming meds, i’ve only ever heard of horror stories with those.
You can try mixing the kitten food you got for her with some cooked white rice, it will be easier on her tummy. You can also give her pedialyte to stop her from dehydrating.18 September, 2010 at 11:54 pm #596958
Hi Kat,thanks for rescuing this baby. Please don’t give her Pepto Bismol,it has a type of aspirin in it that is not good for animals. She needs to go to a vet for a fecal exam so they can determine why she has diarrhea. In the meantime make sure she gets enough fluid like Skyron said by getting unflavored pedialyte to add to her wet food. Let us know how you do.19 September, 2010 at 5:56 am #596959
It could be the moist kitten food doing it. When my husband got his kitten we went through the same thing. Once we changed her to dry food it went away. Sometimes kittens can’t tolerate moist food.
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